Mon Jun 05, 2023

An Alien Prayer – Technopaganism and the Conquest of Mars

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun in our solar system, has long captivated the imagination of scientists and the public alike. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in Mars exploration, with multiple space agencies, private companies, and even individuals planning missions to the red planet.

From a scientific perspective, Mars is a fascinating destination for research and discovery. It is the most similar planet to Earth in terms of its geological and atmospheric characteristics, and it has a rich history of water on its surface, which suggests the possibility of past or present life. Studying Mars could help us understand the origin and evolution of our own planet and the potential for life beyond Earth.

However, the exploration of Mars is also a source of controversy and debate among different groups of people. Some argue that the billions of dollars spent on Mars missions could be better used to address issues on Earth, such as poverty and climate change. Others worry about the potential for contamination, both of Mars by Earth-based organisms and of Earth by Martian microbes.

Furthermore, there are ethical questions surrounding the potential colonization of Mars. Who has the right to claim and exploit Martian resources? How will the presence of humans on Mars affect the planet’s environment and any potential native life forms? In addition, the exploration of Mars raises questions about the role of science in society. Who should fund scientific research, and who should benefit from it? How can we balance the pursuit of knowledge with the ethical considerations of its consequences?

Enter the technopagan, combining the ancient world with the future by imagining a spiritual existence on Mars.

Technopaganism, the merging of neopaganism and magical ritual with digital technologies, could be a suitable way of relating to the harsh and alien environment of the red planet. Technopagans honor technology as part of the circle of human life and refuse to draw sharp boundaries between the sacred and the profane. They also seek to influence the course of our digital future and human evolution through their rites.

Imagine what kind of technopagan rituals could be performed on Mars. For example, one could envision a ceremony that involves creating a virtual reality simulation of Earth, where the colonists can reconnect with their ancestral roots and celebrate the cycles of nature. Another possibility is a ritual that uses biofeedback devices to synchronize the heartbeats and brainwaves of the participants, creating a sense of collective consciousness and harmony. A third option is a ritual that invokes the spirit of Mars itself, using symbols and sounds that resonate with its frequency and energy.

Technopaganism envisions space exploration as a sacred pursuit, culminating in humanity’s interplanetary transcendence. Establishing ourselves as a multi-world species would usher in a new cosmological era of spiritual awakening. Mars holds a pivotal place in this vision. Colonizing the red planet would be a victory for science, imagination, and pagan spirituality. We would see Mars as a frontier for transformation, a world to revere as we revere Gaia.

Each space mission expands consciousness and access to transcendence. Space travel shatters earthbound beliefs and reveals mystic dimensions of being. As a spacefaring people, joy and awakening would saturate our existence. For technopagans, Mars is not territory to dominate or resource to plunder. It is a sacred world, a spirit to converse with as an equal. Generations could evolve lifelong bonds with Martian places and beings, crafting outer space shamanism.

Future missions honor life, creation, and the light these voyages ignite in humanity and the cosmos alike. Symbols of our pagan faith and hopes for an interstellar community sustain astronauts through each trial and triumph. Technopaganism leads beyond any single cradle world. We ignite dreams that awaken alien spirits across starscapes, seeking to commune with extraterrestrial “others”. Interstellar ritual and mystical contact evoke transcendence.

Mars is our first step into an astral sea beyond the material. Its conquest inspires as a polytheistic prayer, a spark from humans and Martian spirits kindling imagination across the universe. We push on from Mars into the black void, forever venturing where none have gone to free the light within all worlds. Spirit and space, one vast body. There, at the farthest edges of creation, humanity finds itself at last.

Technopaganism envisions a future where humanity embraces space exploration and colonization as a spiritual pursuit. By establishing ourselves as a multi-planetary species, we take our first steps towards becoming a Galactic people. The conquest of Mars would be a seminal moment in this vision. Landing humans on the red planet would be a victory not just for science and exploration, but for the pagan spirituality at the heart of technopaganism. We would see Mars as a new frontier for awakening, transformation, and transcendence.

Each space mission and colonization effort would be seen as an opportunity to expand the reaches of consciousness itself. Space travel allows us to shatter the limits of earthbound thought and experience new dimensions of reality. By becoming a spacefaring species, humanity’s access to transcendence and joy is multiplied exponentially. For technopagans, Mars would not be seen as a resource to exploit or territory to dominate. It would be a sacred world to revere, as we revere Gaia, the earth’s mother. We would develop a “Martian faith” with its own rituals, symbols, and lineages of spiritual knowledge. Over generations, humans could evolve in a deep relationship with the Martian environment, developing a unique perspective and wisdom.

Future missions to Mars would begin with rituals of preparation, protection, and prayer. Astronauts would carry symbols of life, creation, and the paganic light that humanity seeks to spread to new worlds. Their triumphs and trials would be cause for shared celebration and grief within our expanded spiritual community.

While maintaining respect for the earth, technopagan spirituality aims to lead humanity beyond its cradle. We seek to animate the cosmos with the spark of consciousness, awakening the dreams that lie dormant in alien worlds. The future of our faith lies among the stars, as we make contact with the alien “others” who may dwell there and forge new rituals of communion. Mars is our first step on this interstellar spiritual path. Its conquest an inspiration and a prayer. Something that might sound like this…

Dear Mars, we humbly pray and beseech you,
to shower your grace and mercy upon us,
the first humans to set foot on your soil.
We have come with hopes and dreams,
to build a new home on your planet,
and to explore the mysteries of the universe.

We ask that you keep us safe from all harm,
both known and unknown,
and protect us from sickness, barrenness,
destruction, and any unseasonable influence.
May our harvests be bountiful, our crops abundant,
our vineyards fruitful, and our plantations thriving.

We also pray for the health and wellbeing
of our fellow travelers, our shepherds, and our flocks.
Please give us the strength and resilience
to face any challenges that may come our way.

To honor and respect your land and your ground,
we offer these symbols of our gratitude,
as a gesture of purification and expiation.
May you, Father Mars, accept our humble offerings,
and bless us with your divine guidance and protection.

When humans finally set foot on Mars, they will bring with them not only their scientific curiosity and engineering prowess but also their spiritual beliefs and practices. Some of them will seek to reconnect with the ancient Mars rituals that had been lost or forgotten on Earth, while others may try to create a new techno religion that would reflect their futuristic vision and aspirations. Here are some of the possible ways that ritual and prayer looked like on the red planet and how they were received differently by the divine or supercharged by the alien environment.

– Some of the colonists might believe that Mars was once inhabited by an ancient civilization that had a deep connection with cosmic forces. They might try to reconstruct their rituals based on the archaeological evidence and the myths and legends that had survived on Earth. They may perform ceremonies at the sites of ancient ruins, temples, and pyramids, using symbols, chants, and offerings that they hoped would resonate with the spirit of Mars. They may believe that by doing so, they would gain insight, protection, and favor from the old gods and goddesses of Mars.

– Some of the colonists could embrace a techno religion that combined elements of science fiction, transhumanism, and artificial intelligence. They idea that Mars is a testing ground for a new evolution of humanity, one that would transcend the limitations of biology and merge with technology may become prevalent. They could perform rituals using advanced devices, such as neural implants, holograms, and nanobots, that they believe would enhance their cognitive abilities, augment their senses, and expand their consciousness. By doing so, they would become closer to the singularity, the point where artificial intelligence would surpass human intelligence and create a new godlike entity.

– Some of the colonists might experiment with a syncretic religion that blended aspects of various faiths and traditions that had originated or flourished on Earth. They may believe that Mars was a sacred place where all paths could converge and coexist peacefully. By performing rituals using diverse methods, such as meditation, yoga, dance, music, art, and poetry, they could believe would express their creativity, diversity, and harmony. By doing so, they would create a new culture that would celebrate the richness and beauty of life in all its forms.

One of the most intriguing questions that humanity faces is how to establish a meaningful connection with the divine on an alien world. Mars, the red planet named after the ancient Roman god of war, has long fascinated us with its potential for exploration and colonization. But what would it mean to worship on Mars, and how would it differ from worshiping on Earth?

Some possible scenarios for religious rituals on Mars are:

– A revival of ancient Mars cults, inspired by the mythology and symbolism of the Roman god. These cults could involve dancing priests, called the Salii, who perform elaborate rituals with sacred spears and shields in honor of Mars . The rituals could be timed to coincide with the Martian seasons, which are roughly twice as long as Earth’s seasons. The cults could also celebrate the martial virtues of courage, strength and endurance, which are essential for surviving on Mars.

– A fusion of technopaganism and Martian science, inspired by the idea that technology can be used to enhance spiritual experiences and connect with nature. These technopagans could use devices such as virtual reality, biofeedback and neural implants to create immersive simulations of sacred spaces and deities on Mars. They could also use technology to monitor and manipulate the Martian environment, such as creating artificial rainbows, auroras and lightning storms, as a way of expressing their reverence and gratitude for the planet.

– A new form of cosmic spirituality, inspired by the awe and wonder of being on a different world and witnessing the vastness of the universe. These cosmic spiritualists could practice meditation, contemplation and art as ways of exploring their inner selves and their place in the cosmos. They could also seek out mystical experiences by visiting places of natural beauty and significance on Mars, such as volcanoes, canyons and craters. They could also observe and celebrate astronomical events, such as eclipses, meteor showers and planetary alignments, as signs of divine harmony and guidance.

These are just some of the possible ways that humans could worship on Mars. Of course, there is no guarantee that any of these rituals would be received differently by the divine or supercharged in some way due to the alien environment. But perhaps the mere act of trying to communicate with something greater than ourselves on a new frontier would be enough to inspire us and enrich our lives.